The Music to Life Series

May 30, 2014 Once Upon a Dream – Conceptual Photography by Jimmy Bui Posted In: Lana Del Rey

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Music to Life Song of the Week: Once Upon a Dream as sung by Lana Del Rey

This is just a straight up tribute to the magic that Disney feature films bring. This is based on two things: the song, Once Upon a Dream and the movie, Maleficent. When I first started to take photography seriously, I took an interest in fashion. Fashion photography is so awesome and it’s no wonder that many aspiring professional photographers make it a goal to make it in that industry. For this shot, I wanted my subject to be a Maleficent based character with a high fashion sensibility. In Photoshop, I love layering images on top of each other and setting the blend modes to those layers. Here, I place three layers on top of the main one and set the blend mode to either “screen” or “soft overlay”. This is something I do to a lot of my fine art images, especially when I want to add texture.

Fine art maleficent conceptual photography



I know you, I walked with you once upon d ream
I know you, that look in your eyes is so familiar a gleam
And I know it’s true that visions are seldom all they see
But if I know you, I know what you’ll do
You’ll love me at once, the way you did once upon a dream

But if I know you, I know what you’ll do
You’ll love me at once
The way you did once upon a dream

Play “Once Upon a Dream”

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Once Upon a Dream by Lana Del Rey

Canon 5D Mark III

Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art

Natural Light


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Jimmy Bui

I am a wedding and conceptual portrait photographer based in Southern California. When I'm not shooting weddings, or planning my next weekly photo for my Music to Life series, you may find me at Disneyland or the zoo spending time with my beautiful wife and daughter.
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